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Dictionary definition for: Purpose

1. (n) an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation" "good intentions are not enough" "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs" "he made no secret of his d

2. (v) propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"

3. (n) what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes" "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

4. (v) reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"

5. (n) the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; "his determination showed in his every movement" "he is a man of purpose"

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